Since becoming interested in holistic healing in the late '80s, Bluedeer director Suzanne Musetto has grown her mental and physical practice by exploring the art of herbalism, the practice of Qi Gong, Huichol shamanism, and, of course, yoga. So it's no surprise that she understands how deeply all things are connected to each other. Her studio reflects that spirit of connection, immersing visitors immediately in an environment of serenity within its spacious and warm lobby.
The yoga at Bluedeer follows the Ghosh lineage, which blends spiritual inspiration and disciplined physical exercise, so students are challenged on both a mental and a muscular level. The studio is heated to 95 degrees using a Far Infrared Heating system that penetrates the body more deeply and won't dry out the lungs. Classes begin with the beginner-friendly Core 26 program, a series of 26 postures designed by Bikram Choudury to improve blood flow and eliminate waste. More advanced classes build on these postures with more challenging alternatives to the traditional motions. Other programs include a Pilates class to tone and strengthen core muscle groups, and Nia, an all-level class based on grounded and danceable motions.
Since 1987, American Karate System has been preparing students of all levels for national championships, building a foundation for a lifetime of growth and improvement in martial arts. In his career, fifth-degree kenpo black-belt and national champion Mark Schiffman has worked with martial arts experts, police officers, and US marshals to master his craft. This training doesn't just improve self-defense and fitness?it also builds mental focus and discipline to help students improve in all areas of life.
At Subversion Fitness, personal trainers and staff members educate and inspire clients in a boutique-style gym with flat-screen TVs, fitness classes, and onsite massages. Workout wizards ensure that gym rookies get paired with the right equipment for their calorie roasts and offer no-contract memberships trimmed with free fitness assessments, custom workout plans, and nutritional guidance. Come mornings and evenings, nine classes allow guests to indulge in group fitness, enjoying samba during Zumba or studying the finer points of worm hunting during Early Bird Bootcamp. The gym also houses Kubat Massage Studio, helmed by a licensed massage therapist eager to melt muscles and oust knots with six different massage modalities. Subversion Fitness is as green as Sam-I-Am’s cash, and the studio extends a friendly hand to eco-awareness by recycling, employing a waterless filtration system and refurbished equipment, and eschewing paper whenever possible.
The enthusiastic instructors at Live in Joy strive to nurture the mind, body, and spirit of their clients through a bevy of yoga classes. Yogis spanning the flexibility spectrum can enjoy a variety of 60- to 90-minute stretch sessions designed for all ability levels. Teach an old recliner new tricks in a gentle chair yoga class, where seated asanas encourage increased mobility, flexibility, and relaxation, perfect for students who are recovering from an injury or seeking relief from awkward water cooler workouts at the office. Rigorous Vinyasa practices take students from one flowing pose to the next, pausing briefly in certain poses to help stretchers settle into deeper alignment. Instructors of yin yoga command downward facing dogs to "stay" in certain floor postures for up to five minutes to balance organ function, restore resiliency in the body's muscles and joints, and break the compulsion to mark yogis standing in tree pose.
Named the Best Yoga Studio of 2010 by Philadelphia magazine, Yogawood offers everyone the chance to strive for physical and mental harmony through yoga. A 10-class pass gets you access to any drop-in yoga session on the schedule at the Collingswood studio or the Riverton location. There are six different body-bending styles from which to sample. Ease yourself into relaxing poses with a Gentle Yoga or Vinyasa 101 class. Beginners might also enjoy the long-held postures of Yin yoga, which increase flexibility and mobility. Vinyasa Flow yoga harnesses the power of sun salutations to connect posture and breath in movements that will improve strength, balance, and coordination. A yoga/Pilates class will strengthen your core and allow you to stay toned and limber while temporarily storing worldly worries in a drawer with knick-knacks, spare change, and shrunken heads. Or you can cap off a muscle-tensing day of work fending off pigeon insults with an Ashtanga class.
Transformation Fitness doesn't just see to the fitness needs of its own members. Its roster of health professionals, including yoga instructors, personal trainers, and massage therapists, works to design and implement fitness plans for area clients. The team maximizes sweat at its own storefront as well, leading classes such as kickboxing and Zumba six days a week.